You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

— Harper Lee

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The things that happen to people we never really know.

What happens in houses behind closed doors, what secrets -

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Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

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Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.

They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

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Harper Lee quote The book to read is not the one that thi

The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.

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People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

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He turned out the light and went into Jem's room.

He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.

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As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, 'I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal.

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Harper Lee quote People generally see what they look for,

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

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The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.

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Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of another... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.

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Harper Lee quote People generally see what they look for,

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

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It's not necessary to tell all you know.

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Things are always better in the morning.

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Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.

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Harper Lee quote People generally see what they look for,

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

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About Harper Lee

Quotes 202 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Way back about nineteen-twenty there was a Klan... The Ku Klux's gone... It'll never come back.

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...but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself.

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They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

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summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screeneed porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat;it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape.

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Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.

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Summer, and he watches his children's heart break.

Autumn again and Boo's children needed him. Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.

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I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.

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It's not necessary to tell all you know.

It's not ladylike--in the second place, folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do.

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Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up - some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.

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Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.

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The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.

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People in their right minds never take pride in their talents.

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Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women - black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men.

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I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.

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You just hold your head high and keep those fists down.

No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change...

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Sometimes the Bible in the hands of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hands of another.

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Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives.

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Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself.

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

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I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.

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You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

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Now that I was compelled to think about it, reading was something that just came to me, as learning to fasten the seat of my union suit without looking around, or achieving two bows from a snarl of shoelaces.

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Now...in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, ipods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.

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Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.

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There's a lot of ugly things in this world, son.

I wish I could keep 'em all away from you. That's never possible.

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I'm gonna be a new kind of clown. I'm gonna stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at the folks.

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There are some men in this world who are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us.

Your father's one of them.

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Characters make their own plot. The dimensions of the characters determine the action of the novel.

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When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake.

But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.

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This time we aren't fighting the Yankees, we're fighting our friends.

But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they're still our friends and this is still our home.

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Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.

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Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?

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We're paying the highest tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do right. It's that simple.

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It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.

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No, everybody's gotta learn, nobody's born knowin'.

That Walter's as smart as he can be, he just gets held back sometimes because he has to stay out and help his daddy. Nothin's wrong with him. Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.

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I think I'll be a clown when I get grown.

... There ain't one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off.

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It's not time to worry yet

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She seemed glad to see me when I appeared in the kitchen, and by watching her I began to think there was some skill involved in being a girl.

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